Do You Accept Insurance?
Insurance Currently Accepted:
Medicare Part B.
Christian Healthcare Ministries (CHM)
VA Healthcare Insurance
Blue Shield (coming soon)
House Call Chiropractors offers discounts to students and temporarily disabled veterans. We currently treat Permanently Disabled Veterans of Santa Cruz County gratis.
House Call Chiropractors is an out-of-network provider for most other insurance companies. However, I can provide you with what insurance companies call a “super bill” which can be mailed to your insurance company for reimbursement. Reimbursement will depend upon your specific policy. Contact your insurance company for details about coverage.
What If I Need to Cancel My Appointment?
You will not be charged only if you provide at least 24 hours notice. Please call if you need to cancel or reschedule.
What If I am Not Available When You Show Up?
Your time is valuable to you. I would expect the same courtesy. If I show up and you are not available then I have to ask you to pay for the visit. Please call my cell number (831) 227-1544 if you are going to be a few minutes late.
Is There a Time Limit on My Visit?
No. There is no time limit. The chiropractic appointment takes as long as we need but it generally should average 60 minutes for a new patient and 30-45 minutes for follow-up visits.
What Should I Expect At My First Appointment?
It will be exactly as if you were at a doctor’s office. If you have not completed the new patient forms (found here) then download them, print them and complete. You could need a quick physical exam, an orthopedic and/or neurological exam. A report of findings with a working diagnosis of your problem will be generated and you will be adjusted unless there are reasons not to adjust. Your invoice will contain information needed for your insurance company.
What If I Need an X-ray or MRI?
If you need x-rays or MRI I know of the least expensive places for those in the SF Bay Area. I have no financial interest with any diagnostic lab, MRI or x-ray lab. You are free to choose any lab you wish. These labs are the state-of-the-art. I have personal experience with some of these labs and have used them for myself and my own family. Some of these labs may take insurance. Call first to verify they take your insurance.
What If I Need a Referral?
I’ll be more than happy to refer you to any specialist as may be needed. I have lived and worked in the Bay Area for 30 years and know many doctors, orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists, dermatologists, allergists, pediatric physicians, ENTs, and so on. I am interested in getting you back on your feet and well.
Is Chiropractic Safe?
Absolutely. Compared to other medical treatments, which include medication and surgery, chiropractic is by far the safest. It is estimated that 140,000 people in the USA die each year from drug-related reactions and nearly 100,000 people die as result of medical errors. Insurance companies evaluate the risks of all professions and charge a premium based on the risk the profession poses. Chiropractors have significantly lower malpractice insurance premiums than medical providers. In fact, Chiropractic treatment for spinal problems is proven safer than the continuous use of Ibuprofen or Tylenol.
What causes the “popping” sound during an adjustment?
The sound is of no reason to be concerned; it is not coming from the bones themselves. It’s coming from a lubricant called synovial fluid that’s found in every joint. That fluid contains dissolved gases. During the adjustment the joints are slightly separated to move into proper position. This releases the built-up pressure on the fluid and gasses and creates a “pop” similar to the release of pressure when the cork comes off a bottle of champagne. Not all patients “pop” and not all adjusting techniques produce the noise, which means an adjustment can be proper and effective, even if you do not hear any noise.
Will repeated chiropractic adjustments lead to arthritis?
There is no evidence to suggest that manipulation of the spine or other chiropractic care can lead to arthritis. On the contrary, chiropractors often care for people with arthritis by maintaining joint health. Motion is life when it comes to joint health.
Is it safe to crack my own back or neck?
This question is often posed to chiropractors and concern has been raised over its safety. While people might have the right idea by trying to relieve pressure on the joints, the “cracking” or “popping” of one’s back or neck is not the same as a chiropractic adjustment. The problem usually keeps coming back, which should be a clear indication that there has been no real adjustment. The cause of the spinal tension, the fixated or jammed vertebrae, has not been corrected. Even a chiropractor cannot adjust him/herself. You should not try to do it yourself, either.
Should chiropractic care continue even after I feel fine?
Chiropractors are trained to detect problem areas in your spine before they develop into problem conditions or symptoms. Just because symptoms disappear, does not mean your subluxations are corrected. Regular adjustments help to maintain or support a healthy spine and nervous system. Maintenance or wellness spinal care programs, which may include advice on posture, nutrition and exercise, can effectively prevent pain and lessen recurrences. However, how you choose to use chiropractic care is ultimately up to you. If your spine wears out, there is no solution. Because your spine can directly influence the function of your nervous system, spinal decay permanently damages the nerves and spinal cord. Nearly everyone flosses and brushes their teeth even though their teeth don’t hurt. Spinal adjustments are like flossing the spine. Lifetime care of the spine should be a priority!